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Protecting Veterans from For-Profit Colleges

By | VA Disability

The Trump Administration is set to waive an ethics law that protects veterans from predatory for-profit colleges.  The VA recently announced it intends to provide a blanket waiver of a law Congress passed to prevent corruption in programs that provide education benefits for veterans. The Trump Administration has also shown…

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Vets Going Hungry

By | VA Disability

Certain groups of veterans suffer high rates of hunger, including veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking matters into its hands and will begin screening all vets who visit VA health care facilities for hunger.  They will do this by asking whether they…

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VA Helping to Eradicate Hepatitis C

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The VA has implemented an effort to screen and treat veterans under their care for the Hepatitis C virus.  Hepatitis C experts say this proactive approach should be a model for other government health programs and private insurers. Although about 1 percent of the United States population has the virus,…

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Veterans More Likely to Choose Suicide

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According to a recent Veterans Administration press release, veterans are 20% more likely than non-veterans to kill themselves.  And the suicide rate for female veterans is 250% higher than that of non-veterans. The department was accused of covering up veteran suicide rates in 2008.  Last year, it was revealed that…

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Payouts to Deceased Veterans

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Hundreds of veterans remain on the Social Security Administration’s payroll, despite being dead for years, and have received almost $38 million in benefits.  This information comes according to a report from the inspector general of Social Security. The report cited inaccurate death records at the Department of Veterans Affairs as…

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Streamlining the VA Appeals Process

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says some veterans are waiting six years or more to appeal denied claims, while on average it takes approximately three years to receive a final decision. VA officials complained that case records never close, and this open-ended system causes the appeals to drag on for…

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